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I'm gonna be running around doing some holiday stuff this weekend, so I'll likely be in and out of the office a bit more than usual. If you need to put in an order and your promotion dates are even remotely close I'd advise you to do it ASAP.

Things will be back to normal by Monday.

Thank you, drive through. 8)

Ian W. Sainsbury said:
I ran a three-day Silver promo with Ram on the first of my series - The World Walker. It's the first time it's ever been free. Over 12,000 downloads, so I'm delighted. Although the UK has been my best market up to now, around 90% of the downloads were in the US, which is what I was hoping for. Well worth the money, I'd say, and highly recommended.
Delighted to hear it, Ian! Thanks for sharing your experience with my service here on KBoards.
 

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I'm currently on day 2 of a 3-day free promo that Ram's running for me. I'll report back later with all the results, but as of the moment, Origin Phase has sold 1,822 free copies and is #1 in Kindle Free Science Fiction Time Travel and #7 in Kindle Free Paranormal and Urban.

Thank you, Ram!
 

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First, many thanks to Ram for running a great promo for me. Also thanks to Miranda Honfleur for mentioning that Ram took care of her ARC service, since I was able to have him handle this for me as well--and he got the book out to the ARC service on a very tight schedule.

I'm bowled over by the results of my promo. 2,807 copies sold (for $0.00) over a 3-day period. I have 2 reviews so far from the ARC service, and got a couple of new subscribers to my mailing list. My book Origin Phase was either #1 or #2 in the free Kindle store in science fiction time travel for almost the entire weekend and was somewhere in the top 6 in paranormal and urban fantasy as well. That was pretty damn thrilling for me. Especially for the few hours that I was beating out H.G. Wells!

Book 2 in the series is coming out next week, and book 3's coming out the first week in January. Ram's running these promos for me as well and I'll be sure to post results.

I could not have hoped to have done this without Ram's service. I think Ram should take off his tie in celebration!
 

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wearywanderer64 said:
Just saw the prices. If mine could be guaranteed to make a profit I'd jump at the chance.
Alas, there are no real guarantees to profit with any advertising. :( About the closest you can get is with a Featured Bookbub promotion.

If you just want some advice feel free to contact me - it doesn't cost a dime.

RTW said:
First, many thanks to Ram for running a great promo for me. Also thanks to Miranda Honfleur for mentioning that Ram took care of her ARC service, since I was able to have him handle this for me as well--and he got the book out to the ARC service on a very tight schedule.

I'm bowled over by the results of my promo. 2,807 copies sold (for $0.00) over a 3-day period. I have 2 reviews so far from the ARC service, and got a couple of new subscribers to my mailing list. My book Origin Phase was either #1 or #2 in the free Kindle store in science fiction time travel for almost the entire weekend and was somewhere in the top 6 in paranormal and urban fantasy as well. That was pretty damn thrilling for me. Especially for the few hours that I was beating out H.G. Wells!

Book 2 in the series is coming out next week, and book 3's coming out the first week in January. Ram's running these promos for me as well and I'll be sure to post results.

I could not have hoped to have done this without Ram's service. I think Ram should take off his tie in celebration!
Terrific! I love helping people so much. Authors like yourself and many others who I have worked with make my job easy because you create a quality book that has all the important elements in place.
 

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Discussion Starter · #146 ·
Hope everyone has enjoyed the holiday season so far! It'll be 2018 before we know it! :eek:

I'll be around all week handling orders before heading out of the office a bit over the weekend. After New Year's though, it'll be back to business as usual.

Also, an UPDATE:

The book promotion service AUTHOR'S XP has been added to both the romance and non-romance Promo Stacker venue list.

Author's XP website: https://authorsxp.com/index.php

My clients receive discounted pricing at this venue (and many others!) when ordering through my service.
 

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I've been insanely busy with new orders the past few days but I did find time for an...

UPDATE!

Mona's Secret Panty Drawer Romance has been added to the Romance Promo Stacker venue list.

They are a newer venue but growing quickly. Give them a try and maybe add them to your next order with me!

Thanks to all and Happy (belated) New Year! ;D
 

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As promised, here's my report/review on the Gold package ($800, 28 - 34 promotional venues, custom paid FB advertising). This is BookRank's next-to-highest tier (Diamond, at $1500 is the highest).

DETAILS: this was for the launch of a new urban fantasy book that came out on Jan. 1. Very clear UF book (e.g. not PNR). I've written two other trilogies under this pen name. The stack ran from Jan 1 - 7, during which time the book was $0.99. It was in KU; KENP of 380+ pages; I didn't notify my email list or do anything else during that time. I did not run any PPC.

I booked it on Nov. 19, which gave Ram about a 40 day lead time to organize the promo stack before release day.

SERVICE: easy to book. Ram handled everything, then sent me a very clear PDF with the sites booked and the dates. When there was a minor scheduling problem with one of the sites (not his fault), he handled it and sent me the new info within hours. Fast, painless, professional.

SITES BOOKED: ENT/EBookHounds/Choosy/Read Cheaply* (DAY 1) | BettyBookFreak/AwesomeGang Deluxe (DAY 2) | BookBarbarian*/Book Gorilla/Geektastic (DAY 3) | BargainBooksy*/EBSoda (DAY 4) | eReader Cafe BoTD/KND/Fussy (DAY 5) | Booksends/GP/FKBT (DAY 6) | EBStage/Just Kindle Books (DAY 7)

Total sites booked by Ram: 16 sites. Some of these are for multiple sites (Awesome Gang Deluxe, for example, I think posts to three or four sites).
* = booked myself

CUSTOM ADVERTISING:



RESULTS: 361 sales, 18,763 page reads. Revenue was probably $180 - $220 and change. Profit was not expected; you really do something like this for rank, stickiness, and a tail; peak rank was #2264 on DAY 4. I'd say that was more because of the cumulative effects, rather than that day's particular line-up, which only had two sites. Rank at the end (DAY 7) was #3705.

Important - this book didn't have any reviews until the last day of the stack. That would have no doubt improved the results. It was up for pre-order before the promo (so I had a live link) and garnered 41 pre-orders over about 40 days, but (obviously) wasn't on any sort of hot new release lists or anything.

COMMENTS: you're buying convenience here, which Ram doesn't make a secret. If you're tight on funds, you can save the fee and organize the stack yourself - there's no secret sauce (nor any claim of there being any, for that matter). I think this is useful for two types of authors: 1) those who don't understand the concept of stacking/organizing a promo and are intimidated by all the options/variables. This essentially guarantees that you have something workable. 2) those who don't want to spend 3 hours filling in forms or keeping track of requirements/payments and so forth. If you're making $50/hr from your work, then even with the fee, you likely come out ahead, although you sacrifice significant flexibility in what sites are used/what order the promo goes off (Ram does have an a la carte option where you can select your own sites; this is a specific review of the Gold service).

There were three things I would consider negatives.

One, the "Custom Paid Advertising on Facebook": the only ad I got sent was the one above. I'm not sure if Ram ran others. I was not expecting much, really, in this department, nor was it the reason I booked the service. However, linking to the book on Amazon and having Facebook pull the cover in automatically from the link, and then using a headline that says $0.99 is a rather generous (if technically correct) interpretation of "custom," unless there's some insanely complex audience targeting going on behind the scenes. Ram clearly has a lot of orders, so I don't think hyper-custom and managed PPC ad campaigns are on the table. Nonetheless, if that's what's on offer, I would humbly suggest nixing that from the advertising entirely. I don't think this added any value; if it had been removed, and if the price had stayed the same ($800), I wouldn't have batted an eyelash. Since it was advertised, however, that made me curious and hopeful, perhaps, that there would be something interesting in the works; alas, I ended up underwhelmed.

Two, I wouldn't book a couple of these sites at all, even if I was chasing rank. To be fair, it's promising a promo stack, not "most efficient use of funds stack" or "the most selective stack." Not all sites will accept new releases (my other books do have a bunch of reviews, so many sites will accept a new release based on this track record, however). That means perhaps other less optimal sites had to be substituted. But something to bear in mind if ad dollars are at an absolute premium.

Three, I probably would have ended with the big hitters/more sites, rather than spaced them out. In fairness, this isn't entirely in Ram's control (ENT, for example, is pretty random about what dates they're willing to give you), and he didn't know where I'd scheduled in my pieces of the equation. I also could have given him a narrower range of dates, which would have made them spaced closer together. That being said, a huge part of the stickiness factor, I think, is coming off at peak rank, or close to it - that didn't happen here. In fact, DAY 7 was my lowest sales/rank day. In this case, not a big deal, because the book is still $0.99 as I ramp up my PPC spend (and send out my newsletter/social media and so forth). But not optimal if that was actually the end of the promo, IMO.

OVERALL: this service does exactly what it says. Ram delivers the promo stack quickly, is professional, and provides excellent customer service. There's nothing here you can't do yourself, but you're not buying secret sauce; you're buying convenience. For certain authors, it makes a lot of sense to outsource a tedious and annoying series of tasks to a service like this and focus on other things; for others, it's a great way to get your feet wet without fear of messing up logistics while you learn about promotion. I would recommend the service to these people.

If you know what sites you like/work and want maximum control over your promo's schedule, then using a service like Book Rank (and especially the Bronze/Silver/Gold/Diamond packages) probably doesn't make sense, which is likely why my comments are less enthusiastic than many of the glowing reviews here. Just know what author bucket you fall into, then make your decision accordingly.

Nick
 

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Nicholas Erik said:
magnificently concise and incredibly helpful review
Do you write reviews for a living? Because you should. That was a truly perfect review. I LOVE getting feedback like this. LOVE IT. Also, glad to hear you saw a measurable, direct profit during the promotional period.

Just a few notes, not necessarily directed at you, but for all KBoardians who might be reading:

The service is primarily a convenience. There is no secret sauce; just my experience and some good discounts. Probably 75% of my clients are authors who are super busy, or those who need a break for whatever reason. The rest are folks who need someone to guide them (and those are usually newer authors).

If you want more flexibility and you know the sites you want, definitely go with the Promo Stacker rather than the pre-priced packages.

I normally try to weigh down the tail end of a promo run with the big hitters at the end, but that doesn't always happen for a variety of reasons that are out of my control, like Nicholas mentioned. I've found that doing it this way brings better post-promotion ROI and a stickier rank to boot.

Back near the beginning, I used to do fancier FB ads with custom graphics and all that stuff. With my currently insane schedule there's unfortunately just no way I can manage that kind of thing anymore. I do narrow audiences down like a mother, though. I do everything I possibly can to make sure the folks seeing the ad are the same folks who would be deeply interested in reading your ebook. There are not multiple ads for the same book aimed at different audiences or anything like that - I've been whipping them together long enough that I pretty much know what is going to work best given the limited time and resources at my disposal. (Note: if authors want me to leave off FB ads all they need to do is say so on the additional comments field of the order form. I'll still use up the same amount of the budget by getting you more paid venues instead.)
 

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Finally getting around to posting the results of the promos I booked with Ram for my 3-book series. The books are kind of a hybrid UF/SF. The specific results for book 1, which I sold for $0, are in a previous thread.

It's been a while since the promo for book 2, so I'm just going to post the final results.

Sales at $0 (book 1 in series): 2,807
Total paid sales (all 3 books): 113
Total page reads (all 3 books): 3,778

Both books 1 and 2 were ranked in the top 100 in a couple of paid categories for a while there, although neither is now.

In some ways, I was disappointed with the results, but this has utterly nothing to do with Ram's service. I believe that a somewhat too-high price for book 2 ($2.99) dampened its sales, so I ran the promo for book 3 at $0.99 and got much better results in terms of volume. ROI? No. But I wasn't expecting this. Exposure, sales, and reviews were my goals.

The 3 books now have a combined total of 50 reviews, most of them from the ARC service (Hidden Gems). Some other reviews are from purchasers.

I ran AMS ads for all 3 books during the promos. Some of the sales are from the ads, which are still running.

I have only 4 books total out under the pen I'm using, so I'm really just starting out, and I think for that, these are pretty good results. I learned a lot during this promo and got ace guidance from Ram before, during, and after. His advice is invaluable, to say the least.

I'll definitely be using his services again, although maybe I'll get brave and do the promo stacker instead of a package, which is what I used this time. There's so much else to do--in fact I ended up with a massive chart detailing tasks and deadlines for all 3 books--that having someone else take care of the promo sites was terrific.

I know there're authors on kboards who feel one shouldn't be spending more money on promos, etc,. than they're earning as an author, but this business of indie authoring is new to me, and I'm my own investor.

Side note: All 3 books and also my stand-alone have all been getting good page reads and some sales since the last promo ended on the 12th. This is a huge deal for me and very encouraging and energizing.

Many thanks, Ram!
 

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Just popping in to let everyone know that I have plenty of time this weekend to handle new orders. That might change a bit over Feb 1st - 7th or so as I'll be moving into my new crib. So...get your orders in early. ;)

New clients are also always welcome. Come check out the service and let's see what I can do for ya!

RTW said:
Many thanks, Ram!
You are most welcome. Glad to be of service!
 

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Discussion Starter · #156 ·
UPDATE:

Clients can now get Professional quality BOOK TRAILERS from the highly regarded production company Corr Commercials when ordering a Promo Stacker / "You Build It" order!

(You can check out some examples of their work here: https://corrcommercials.com/our-work/ and their thread on kboards here: https://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,234439.0.html)

How does it work?

Basically, like all the other services on my list, you provide me with the needed info and I do all the legwork on your behalf. Turnaround time is a maximum of 10 days.

It's as simple as that.

My goal with this add-on is to make your production cycle easier and more efficient, while keeping your costs consistent. Plus, I figured some authors might have been wanting to try something like this out anyway and going through me for it would be a good introduction. :)

NOTE: Clients purchasing pre-priced packages ("We Build It") can still get me to handle a book trailer package for them - just let me know in the additional comments section of the order form and I'll get in touch with you about it!

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P.S. COMING SOON: I've got several more promotional venues already lined up which will be offering exclusive Book Rank client discounts. Look for more updates just around the corner!
 

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UPDATE: New Venues Added!

I've added two new venues to my lists. Both come with a nice discount, which is passed along to all my wonderful and totally awesome clients.

Red Hot & Romantic

Ebookasaurus


*** Also, I've modified the OP to reflect these new venue additions, but if you don't want to navigate back there, here's the fully updated (and growing really, reeeealy long) list of venues which Book Rank is able to offer exclusive discounts on for our clients:

-My Romance Reads
-BookSends
-Just Kindle Books
-Brazen Bookshelf
-Shifted Sheets & Uncarved Book Promotions
-Hot Stuff Romance
-eBookHounds
-ExciteSteam
-Ebook Betty (Betty Book Freak)
-ShareBear Newsletter
-Full Hearts Romance
-eBookSoda
-Awesomegang (Multi-site Promo Option Only)
-Romance Devoured
-The Wolf Pack
-Ebook Itch
-Bargain Booksy (non-romance genres only!)
-Freebooksy (non-romance genres only!)
-New In Books
-Crave Romance
-CraveReads
-Love Kissed Books
-MMW Bad Boy Promos
-Red Roses Romance
-Shameless Book Deals
-Author's XP
-Book Trailers from Corr Commercials (NEW!)
-Red Hot & Romantic (NEW!)
-Ebookasaurus (NEW!)
 
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